On This Day

What Happened in May 1846

Historical Events

  • May 1 Ida Pfeiffer (48) begins trip around world
  • May 3 Mexican Army begins the Siege of Fort Texas near Brownsville, Texas, during the Mexican-American War
  • May 4 US state Michigan ends death penalty

Book releaseHistoric Publication

May 7 First printed copies of "Poems" by Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë received, published under pseudonym of Acton, Currer and Ellis Bell (2 copies sold)

  • May 8 1st major battle of Mexican War fought at Palo Alto, Texas
  • May 9 Battle of Resaca de la Palma-US sends Mexico back to Rio Grande
  • May 13 US declares war on Mexico, 2 months after fighting begins
  • May 18 US troops attack Rio Grande occupying Matamoros
  • May 21 1st steamship arrives in Hawaii

Famous Birthdays

  • May 2 Zygmunt Noskowski, Polish composer, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1909)
  • May 5 Federico Chueca, Spanish composer, born in Madrid, Spain (d. 1908)
  • May 5 Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish author (Quo Vadis, Nobel 1905), born in Wola Okrzejska, Poland (d. 1916)
  • May 8 Oscar Hammerstein, German opera and playwright (Kohinoor), born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1919)
  • May 9 Nicolai Soloviev, Russian music critic and composer, born in Petrozavodsk, Russia (d. 1916)
  • May 14 Arnold Kerdijk, Dutch lib politician/founder (Social Weekly newspaper)
  • May 14 Pieter W A Cort van de Linden, Dutch premier (1913-18)
  • May 17 Edmund Bishop, English Roman Catholic historian and Secretary of Thomas Carlyle, born in Totnes, England (d. 1917)
  • May 22 Oliver Perry Hay, American paleontologist, born in Saluda, Indiana (d. 1930)
  • May 25 Princess Helena of the United Kingdom, daughter of Queen Victoria, born in Buckingham Palace, London (d. 1923)
  • May 25 Naim Frashëri, Albanian poet and writer, born in Frashër, Janina Vilayet, Ottoman Empire(d. 1900)
  • May 26 Arthur Coquard, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1910)
  • May 29 Albert Apponyi, Hungarian politician (Minister of Religion and Education of Hungary), born in Vienna, Austrian Empire (d. 1933)
  • May 30 Peter Carl Fabergé, Russian goldsmith and jeweler (famous for Fabergé eggs), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1920)

Famous Deaths

  • May 8 Giacomo Cordella, Italian composer, dies at 59
  • May 23 Franciszek Ksawery Drucki-Lubecki, Polish politician (b. 1778)
  • May 31 Philip Marheineke, German clergyman (b. 1780)